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Logo of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in DR Congo. Credit: CENI /

Religious Leaders in DR Congo Set to Announce New Head of Electoral Commission

Religious leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are expected to announce the person to be at the helm of the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) anytime from Tuesday, July 27.

Demonstrations have become common on the streets in Cameroon. Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute /

Catholic Peace Entity Calls for Change in Tact in Addressing Cameroon’s Crisis

Catholic peace entity, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has maintained its call for an alternative approach in the ongoing crisis in Cameroon’s English-speaking region, saying that the military tactic that the government is insisting upon is costing lives of many fighters on the side of the government.

Today, July 27, We Celebrate St. Panteleon

St. Panteleon, whose feast we celebrate on July 27, is the patron saint of bachelors and physicians.

The Logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Youth Wing (YOWICAN). Credit: YOWICAN /

Christian Youth Leaders in Nigeria Call for “immediate release” of Abducted Students

Christian youth leaders in Nigeria have called on the Federal government to facilitate the “immediate release” of students abducted from the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State earlier this month.

Fr. León Dougnon. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) /

Recently Freed Malian Catholic Priest Attributes His Release to “chain of prayer”

The Catholic Priest in Mali who was freed on July 13 after spending close to a month in captivity has, in a report, attributed his release to the series of prayers, including the Holy Rosary, which the people of God offered while he was being held by his abductors.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama with some elderly women. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja /

Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria Urges Government to Improve Social Services for Elderly

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has called on the government of the West African country to provide favorable social security services for the elderly people to see them through their “earthly pilgrimage.”

Bishop Paul Ssemogere of the Catholic Diocese of Kasana-Luweero with some elders and grandparents. Credit: /

Elderly “living encyclopedia”, Ugandan Bishop Says, Urges Youth to Learn from Grandparents

The elderly in society are “living encyclopedias”, the Catholic Bishop of Uganda’s Kasana-Luweero Diocese said Sunday, July 25.

Today, July 26, We Celebrate Sts. Anne and Joachim

On July 26 the Roman Catholic Church commemorates the parents of the Virgin Mary, Saints Joachim and Anne. The couple's faith and perseverance brought them through the sorrow of childlessness, to the joy of conceiving and raising the immaculate and sinless woman who would give birth to Christ.

Screenshot of some participants during the July 22 virtual session to mark 2021 SECAM Day. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Africans Invited to Interact with Bishops’ “Kampala Document” for Renewed Evangelization

The people of God in Africa have been invited to interact with the Kampala Document (KD) of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), the 100-page publication that resulted from the discussions Catholic Bishops in Africa had at the conclusion of their year-long Golden Jubilee celebrations (July 2018 to July 2019).

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of Eswatini's Manzini Diocese. Credit: Vatican Media /

Let’s “discern how to be church in the midst of a pandemic”: Catholic Bishop in Eswatini

The Catholic Bishop of Manzini, the lone Diocese in Eswatini has, in a report, invited the people of God in the Southern African nation to reflect on how to practice their Christian faith amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, Sunday, July 25, We Celebrate St. James

James, the brother of John the Evangelist, was the first Apostle to be martyred. He was beheaded by order of Herod of Agrippa. The Gospels tell us that the two brothers left their father, Zebedee, and followed Jesus as soon as He called out to them.  

Archdiocese Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja /

Amid Leadership Challenges in Nigeria, “poor masses” Exploited: Catholic Archbishop

Nigeria’s “poor masses” are being exploited as the West African nation grapples with the issue of leadership, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese. Credit: Cape Town Archdiocese /

Situation in South Africa Similar to “Israelite’s time in the desert”: Catholic Archbishop

A Catholic Archbishop in South Africa has favorably compared the situation in the country amid violent protests and COVID-19 pandemic with the experience of the people of Israel in the wilderness.

Nigerian Christians displaced from their homes by Boko Haram attacks. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Maiduguri. /

Nigerian Seminarian in U.S. Calls for "prayer backed up with action" to Counter Violence

Religious persecution is rampant in Nigeria, where militant groups such as Boko Haram carry out abductions that appear to target Christians, including priests. Sometimes clergy aren’t just kidnapped. They’re also killed. 

Dr. William Thorn, associate professor emeritus of Journalism and Media Studies/Institute for Catholic Media at Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication. Credit: William Thorn/CNA. /

Catholic Journalism Expert Reflects on the Moral Issues Around Privacy and Data

CNA spoke recently with Dr. William J. Thorn regarding the recent investigation which led to the resignation of Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill as general secretary of the US bishops’ conference.

Cardinal Walter Kasper./ CNA/Bohumil Petrik. /

German Cardinal Says Traditional Latin Mass was Source of Division, Scandal in Parishes

German prelate Cardinal Walter Kasper argued that the Traditional Latin Mass was a source of division and scandal within parishes in an interview about Traditionis Custodes with the National Catholic Register on Thursday, July 22, 2021. 

Today, July 24, We Celebrate St. Charbel Makhlouf

On July 24, the Catholic Church celebrates the life of St. Charbel Makhlouf, a Maronite Catholic priest, monk, and hermit who is known for working miracles both during his life and after his death.

Fr. George Ehusani of Nigeria’s Lokoja Diocese, the Executive Director and Lead Faculty of the Lux Terra Leadership Foundation
Credit: Fr. George Ehusani/georgeehusani.org /

How Sympathizers in Nigeria’s High-ranking Positions are Stalling Fight against Militants

Boko Haram sympathizers and other people who support the ideology of having Nigeria as an Islamic State are stalling the fight against militants in the West African country, an award-winning Catholic expert in the country has told ACI Africa.

The Front Page of SECAM's Kampala Document. Credit: SECAM /

Church in Africa Needs New Pastoral Approach “centered on personal conversion”: Cleric

There is a need for new approach to evangelization in Africa, with a focus on “personal conversion”, a Catholic Cleric has told participants at the virtual event organized by the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

A woman in Uganda receiving food donations from members of Salesians of Don Bosco. Credit: Salesian Missions /

Cost of Treating COVID-19 Patients “incredibly high”: Salesian Missionaries in Uganda

Members of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Uganda’s Archdiocese of Kampala have noted with concern the “incredibly high” cost of treating COVID-19 patients in the East African country.